Washington Square Park, New York City

Washington Square Park is a 9.75acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City's 1,900 public parks, it is a landmark as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.The Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The Park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.Location and featuresLocated at the foot of Fifth Avenue, the park is bordered by Washington Square North (Waverly Place east and west of the park), Washington Square East (University Place north of the park), Washington Square South (West 4th Street east and west of the park), and Washington Square West (MacDougal Street north and south of the park).
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  • How can you not look at this arch and feel slightly diminished by its epic majesty and gorgeous feeling of lovely.  more »
  • Washington Square Park is a public park in New York's busy. It is located in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village in Manhattan and has an extrension of 39,500 m2 (9.75 acres). This Park is considered a meeting point and the center of cultural activity in the city of New York. Washington Square metro station.
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  • I love to see this area as it's a NYC icon to me. Not a lot to see or do necessarily, but I am in awe of the arch and it's size.  more »
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  • Quite possibly the best of the NYC park system. Big but not too big. Amazing local student bands, piano players, dance Troops and talent can be found here surrounding he perimeter of the main fountain and it’s tentacles. Day or night it’s perfection in he heart of Greenwich village! Dog parks are fantastic too! Maybe a celeb spotting or two...
  • One of the best parks in New York City. There is so much to see here from the beautiful arch to the stunning water fountain. Take a seat on one of the many benches and enjoy the performances of various street performers, such as musicians and puppeteers. This is a great place to people watch as well as a quiet place to read. The park includes a playground, an area with chess boards, and fenced in areas for dogs.
  • Washington Square Park in New York City is my favorite park in the country. I was lucky to live next to the Park at New York University. We had a fabulous time playing chess with West Village residents who could play in the park all day long. We listened to music 🎶while we walked by our fellow students who were enjoying Washington Square Park in the sunshine. We love 💕the Park and its beautiful Arch brilliantly designed by architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White. Washington Square Park is the perfect place to have a good time in New York City.
  • Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson met here for a chat. Allen Ginsberg read his poetry beneath the trees. Bob Dylan played his guitar here. The beatnik riot happened here. Stanley Kubrick played chess here. Just go and sit a while. Feel the history in the air and remember the thousands buried underneath you. (Uses to be a potters field and a lynching spot)
  • Lovely park in the heart of Greenwich village. Take a stroll or run around the perimeter to appreciate the pre-war buildings, NYU campus, and historic townhouses. Or enjoy the playground, dog park, or fountain in the middle, often bustling with students, live performers, and rallies. A great place to spend an afternoon reading too or playing chess with locals!

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